MILWAUKEE — Against all odds, Milwaukee's Festa Italiana is returning in 2022, though not at the usual time and place.
Organizers have come a long way to get to this point. They first canceled the Italian-themed festival originally scheduled for April of 2022. But in a surprise announcement, organizers revealed the festival would indeed be held - this time at the Italian Community Center at 631 E. Chicago St., a few blocks west of Maier Festival Park, where the festival is usually held.
The date, as many are looking forward to, is scheduled for Sept. 24-25, 2022 - this Saturday and Sunday. The festival will also continue traditions of the procession and annual Sunday Mass, 'Italian Idol', bocce, music, dance, food and other events.
Festa Italiana will be a bit smaller than in years past, with the ICC president and director of the festival, Anne Ceraso Fritchie, previously describing it as "much more intimate."
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Organizers were forced to cancel the festival in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Festa Italiana dates back to 1978 in Milwaukee.
About 1,500 people said they would be attending the festival, according to their Facebook page.
When and where do I attend Milwaukee's Festa Italiana?
The festival will be held:
- Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The festival is located at:
The Italian Community Center
631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI, 53202
How much does it cost to get in?
$5 admission at the gate